March has been an interesting month.
First, on the education front, I have switched departments (finally!). No longer am I stuck in that drab reality of “Fine Arts”, which was basically go in and do something and make up some form of justification. Instead, I have finally made it back to where I really belong: Theatrical Design. The down side is that I have a whole new class of people to get to know, and they all already know each other really well. The upside is that I got out of all forms of midterms with no detriment to my grade because of the timing of the switch (I had to begin with the Theatre department on the 17th, but the midterm for the Fine Art department was on either the 17th or the 20th, thus meaning that I couldn’t participate.
Yay for two months of work meaning nothing! (And this is serious excitement, because I wasn’t looking forward to writing a paragraph about my current art work, a page about a previous art work, a proposal for a work for an exhibition, and finishing a piece).
In Theatrical Design, I have four classes: Sceneography (which is our main design class; we are going to be working on sceneographic and costume designs for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a play I don’t particularly care for, mostly because of the character of Hamlet, but it is Shakespeare, so it is automatically super-fun to design); Costume Technique (in which we learn methods of constructing costumes), 2D3D (which is a class that is all about rendering methods, although the professor is having some health issues at the moment, so the class is postponed until further notice); and Sources of Inspiration (which is my rough translation of Inspiratiebronnen. All I actually know about the class is that the chair of the department, Pien, talks a lot about finding and feeling the positive energy of things. Apparently, by the end of the class, you are either mentally dead, or filled with negative energy rather than positive energy).
All in all, I’m excited for this new department (in part because my design for Hamlet, at least, how it is working in my head at the moment, is going to be pretty awesome).
This weekend, a friend from Grinnell is coming to visit; I am really excited to run around the city and do things with her. Also, we’ve recieved warning that there is going to be a big protest on Saturday on Dam Square concerning a new film that was released about the Koran (it was made by a Dutch filmmaker). Now, the last time a Dutch filmmaker released a controversial film about Islam, he was assassinated, so this could be pretty tumultuous (especially since all of the moderate Muslim clerics have been leaving to France and other countries because they felt persecuted here, so they have been replaced by uncertified, radical clerics).
Fortunately, if things do get crazy, I already have a playlist made to combat the negative energy! (It is my Anti-Hate playlist, which I created after the hate crimes occurred at Grinnell. It’s probably one of my favorite playlists of all time). The flagship song of this playlist is pretty predictable, since it is exceedingly popular (“Imagine” by John Lennon) but, eh, it’s a beautiful song, and I agree with every word of it.
Yesterday, I redecorated my room to create a second space, but I woke up to all of the fabric I hung from the cieling on the floor, which was sad. I am going to try and find a better way to attach it to the cieling, since masking tape isn’t making the cut.
I know I say this, but I will upload more pictures soon! Probably after this weekend, because I will have more pictures to load. I’m not a touristy person, and don’t really see the point in taking pictures of every little thing everywhere (although I did get pictures of the Guy Fawkes Mask Anti-Scientology Protest that happened last Friday. It was awesome).